About Wales

The Welsh national football team played its first international match on 26 March 1876, losing 4-0 to Scotland in Glasgow. The national side’s nickname is the Dragons and the team play in a red kit with green trimmings.

 

The national side play the majority of their home matches at either the Cardiff City Stadium or the Millennium Stadium, also in Cardiff. The stadiums have a capacity of 33,280 and 74,500 respectively.

 

Wales’ only previous appearance at a World Cup tournament came in Sweden in 1958 where the side made it to the quarter-finals. Euro 2016 in France is set to be the national sides’ first participation at a European Championship.

 

Ian Rush is the national team’s all-time leading goalscorer with 28 goals. Goalkeeper Neville Southall is the national team’s most-capped player with 92 caps to his name. Other notable former players include Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy.

 

In August 2015, Wales achieved their highest FIFA ranking of 9th, placing them ahead of England. The side is captained by Ashley Williams and includes the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

 

The national team is managed by Chris Coleman, who took over from the late Gary Speed in 2011. Notable former Welsh managers include former players Mark Hughes and Josh Toshack.

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